Discover the Power of a Hand Post Hole Digger: Installing Fence Posts

By Steven Harrisson, October 3, 2017

Beautiful lawns, and gardens always grab one’s attention. While it’s to do with greenery, the secret is also in the way landscaping, and hardscaping are done, and of course what’s at the very core of these is fencing. The fence provides the needed protection and privacy, but building up a fence of your own isn’t something that’s easy, effortless, and not the least bit time consuming – or is it?

hand post hole digger

Since we live in a technological era, we can always get the right helping hand in the form of tools, and one such power tool is the hand post hole digger. Not only is this sort of tool affordable nowadays, thanks to all the technological improvements, but it can also turn out to be helpful with projects other than fencing, like retaining walls, planting trees, plumbing, and installing foundation stumps. Now then, back to putting up fences.

As you’d see, a hand post hole digger is just what you need for this project, as it would provide you with the desired outcome in no time, without giving you aches and pains.

Great news is it’s also far more efficient than a shovel, and can give you more precise, neat, and deeper holes. To start, first get to know your tool, read well into its manual, and do a bit of practice so you can get in the habit of handling it properly.

To be able to start putting up the fence, first it’s important to check the terrain properly, and see the soil’s consistency. This is helpful in terms of guiding you to the fence posts choice, as well as the post hole digger, as heavy clay may require powered post hole diggers.

Then, to get the properly aligned fence, it’s crucial that you mark the spot of every hole where every fence post would fit. A word of advice is to dampen the soil just before you get to do the digging because the hole diggers make it through when the soil is moist. In case of heavy rainfall, you can thank nature for dampening it for you and get on with your work.

To easily soften the soil and make that first hole, simply drop the hole digger with its drill right onto the required spot. As soon as you’ve done this, repeat it several times to further mark out the spot of the hole, and then work deeper.

Since there are kickbacks of dirt into the holes right after digging to be expected, you can prevent them by lifting out clumps of soil with the post hole digger’s jaws, and place them away from the edges of the holes for at least 60cm.

Depending on the fence posts, their height specifically, you can deepen the holes by repeating more of the pulling out clumps. Once the fence posts are installed, pack up dirt at the bottom of the holes, and your fence is good to go; so all you need is the right power tool, marking the spots, moist soil, and using the force of that tool.